Early Bird Registration Open Until December 18th

BOSTON, Oct. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LearnLaunch Institute and MIT Open Learning unveiled today the agenda for the 7th annual Across Boundaries Conference, January 31-February 1, 2019 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

The Across Boundaries Conference explores the thriving education innovation sector from the viewpoint of one of its global hubs, Boston. Across Boundaries brings together educators, entrepreneurs, investors, and education professionals from across the ecosystem, early childhood through K-12, higher education, and workforce development, to discuss the challenges and opportunities around technology in education.

Keynotes
We are pleased to announce the first three confirmed keynotes for the 2019 Across Boundaries Conference:

Ryan Craig is Co-Founder and Managing Director of University Ventures and the author of A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College (Ben Bella, 2018), which describes the critical importance of last-mile training and the emergence of bootcamps, income share programs, staffing and apprenticeship models as preferred pathways to good first digital jobs.

Debbie Cavalier will detail how she and her small team began Berklee Online in 2002 with an experimental approach to teaching music online and turned it into an organization that serves more than 11,000 formal students per year, as well as the millions of additional students who learn from Berklee Online with free massive open online courses. She’ll delve into what the social dimension of learning looks like online, address how she and her team work to dissolve the distance between instructors and students, and provide helpful advice for higher ed innovators and entrepreneurs who are looking to increase access and outcomes for learners.

Melina Uncapher champions learning engineering, a new discipline at the interface between research and practice. She will mix stories of her work with schools with insights from neuroscience. Uncapher is a neuroscientist and director of education for Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center at the University of California, San Francisco. Uncapher, whose work has focused on how attention affects learning and memory, will speak to leading trends in neuroscience learning and memory research, and their applications for solving real-world problems in education and technology.

Sessions
The 44 concurrent sessions at Across Boundaries will cover innovations in early education, K-12, higher education, and workforce education; updates on the business of education from practitioners, analysts, and investors; and educational applications of cutting edge technology like machine learning, AR/VR, and blockchain.

Confirmed session topics include:

  • Personalizing learning for teachers as a workforce education issue
  • Artificial intelligence for writing and grading
  • KnowledgeWorks’ newest Future of Learning report
  • Investors on trends in education markets
  • How educators evaluate edtech products
  • The tech behind experiential and workplace learning
  • Higher ed mega-trends
  • Companies leading the way on workforce education
  • Alexa for learning
  • Disrupting high school

Get Involved
The Learning Innovation Showcase features 24 teacher and student highlighting innovations that are taking place, today, in our classrooms. Are you a teacher or student with something to share? Apply by Friday, November 9th, for consideration.

The Across Boundaries Pitch Competition gives high-potential early stage startups a platform to present their latest innovations. Applications are due in October and November and available here.

Sponsors receive valuable exposure throughout the pre-conference and event timeline. Confirmed 2019 sponsors include Cengage, Curriculum Associates, Jenzabar, and Parthenon-EY. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Eileen Rudden.

The International Café offers a location for consulates, embassies, and economic development agencies to spotlight education technology companies from their countries. A limited number of spaces are available for both the IC and for a pre-conference bootcamp on entering the US market managed by the LearnLaunch Accelerator. Contact Nat Seelen for more information.

Register for the conference today to experience 5 keynotes, 44 concurrent sessions and 8 workshops covering early ed-through-workforce education, the Across Boundaries Pitch Competition, students and teachers presenting their work in the Learning Innovation Showcase, and the LearnLaunch Accelerator Demo Day. Education innovation is on the move at the 2019 LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference, January 31-February 1, 2019, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

About LearnLaunch Institute
Launch Institute catalyzes a community that drives innovation to transform learning and increase achievement. Our education innovation ecosystem mobilizes educators, entrepreneurs, learners, investors, and industry affiliates. As a nonprofit, the Institute offers learning opportunities, support services, and a school pilot network. We believe in expanding access to learning that is engaging, personalized, and effective. Edtech is a critical component of achieving this vision at scale.

LearnLaunch Institute is the host of the Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech (MAPLE) Consortium, a public-private partnership of LearnLaunch Institute with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, now includes 41 districts representing 23% of the students in Massachusetts. LearnLaunch Institute hosts more than 30 events yearly for 3000 educators and innovators. Read our research on our MassNET work in Boston Public Schools. For more information, visit www.learnlaunch.org.

LearnLaunch Institute is part of the LearnLaunch Ed innovation hub, including LearnLaunch Campus, Boston’s edtech coworking space, and LearnLaunch Accelerator, the leading global edtech accelerator.

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Jim McManus
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